Work Party: Bag the Apples at Amy Yee Tennis Center

May 31, 2014 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Amy Yee Tennis Center
2000 Martin Luther King Junior Way South
Seattle, WA 98144
Barb Burrill

Organic Pest Management – Bag the Baby Apples

Nobody like worms in their apples! Let’s do something about it!

This is the time oApple harvest 2012 with footiesf year and here is your chance to learn a very effective type of organic pest management. We will be covering each baby apple with a paper or nylon or plastic bag, which will keep insect pests from infesting the fruit with their eggs and larvae, as in WORMS.

We will first look at the baby apples on the branches and remove any apples that are damaged, diseased, or too small. Then we will space the remaining apples apart so they can receive plenty of sun and grow large, sweet and juicy. The last step is to cover each apple with a small paper bag, nylon footie-type sock, or plastic bag so that the pesky codling moth or apple maggot fly can’t find a suitable place to land and lay eggs. The apple grows inside the bag until harvested, pest-free.

This is an easy skill to learn, but is more fun with company, similar to what happens at quilting bee. We’re looking for lots of volunteers to come and lend your hands to the trees at Amy Yee. Come back in the fall to harvest the resulting perfect apples and you will see that your time spend with the bags and socks was all worth it!

Gloves, supplies, drinks, and snacks will be provided. Wear clothing and shoes suitable for the weather.

If you drive, please don’t turn into the main Amy Yee parking lot, as it is typically full of tennis players. Drive east on Walker past the parking lot and look for the sandwich board directing you to volunteer parking.

Please RSVP:  [email protected]

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